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Evil Twin Femme Fatale BrettEvil Twin Femme Fatale Brett

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Auracom on 06-18-2012

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Photo of Auracom
2.57/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Descrip - Danish: IPA gæret 100% med brettanomyces og humlet med Galaxy, Citra, Summit og Cascade.

Tried out a small sampling of this non-American IPA at Poor Phil's. 1.5 oz. served in a pint taster on June 15th, 2012.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, light yellow. Appearance is saison or pilsner-like. Eggshell white head with good edge-clinging retention and okay lacing.

S - Very floral aromatics. There is a slight grassy Brett undertone, some lemon citrus, and a touch of a bready malt bill.

T - Weird, weak front-palate of wheat and grass transitions into a strong hop note at mid-palate. The hop quality pushes through the rest of the drink and overpowers everything else beyond recognition. Heavy lemon residue aftertaste.

M - Light body, fair carbonation, dry resiny finish.

D - Smell was vastly superior to the taste. Not likely to revisit even though the additions in this one make it "sound" appealing.

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Photo of BuccoFan
2.87/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The initial look is that of solid IPA. Aroma is almost pure white wine. Taste is as well, with what is either an oaky or sour finish. Hard to tell the difference. Unfortunately, this was one that was not finished. A little too experimental this one was.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


16.9 oz bottle into Duvel tulip... "Best Before 2013" on the bottle... (oops it's 2.3.13)

A - Poured with a crazy amount of head. Settled to a thin layer with decent retention. Good lacing.

S - MAJOR brett funk. Darker malt presence than expected. Some American hops in the background. Really dominated by the brett funk. Too much for me, probably.

T - I enjoy the flavor more than the aroma. I think that if this had been made with "regular" yeast, I would find it too malty, but it's not offensive. The funk is still pretty strong. Hops are detectable in the background, but everything is dominated by the brett funk.

M - Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

O - Ok, granted I drank this a little late but I was not thrilled by this beer. I will try it fresh if I have the chance. If you like a lot of brett... you may really enjoy this. I gave slightly higher scores because of the fact that I drank this a little late... Also - not sure this should really be considered an American IPA... :-) Again, maybe fresh the hops would have been able to hold up to the brett, but I don't think it would have been as much of an issue without the brett. Cool idea from a cool brewery.

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Photo of beertunes
3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in tulip. Poured an attractive bright yellow color, but solid. Picture the thickest Hefe you've ever seen and double it. Totally opaque, no translucence at all. The beer had about a half-inch of bright white head that had low retention and decent lacing.

The lead aroma was a slight Brett scent, and a very low hop presence. There wasn't a real malt scent either. Both the Brett and the pine & citrus hops were a bit tangier on the tongue, and the citrus aspect lingered at the finish.

The body was nicely medium and surprisingly smooth. Drinkability was good, but I'm not sure I'd want 2 in a row. Overall, a nice enough brew, but one I'm not sure is worth it's $8 price.

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Photo of ADZA
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ok let's just start by saying these guys are really cool and anything they produce has to be tasted at least once and it seems IPAs with Brett is the new style everyone wants to brew and yeah I'm on that bandwagon,this puppy pours a slight hazed golden pale yellow hue almost akin to urine colour and leaves a dollop of a rather frothy head resembling a weird looking cloud and clingy lacing sporadically placed,the smell is pineapple,of course funky Brett,mangoes and bubblegum nice but not unique,mouthfeel is medium bodied moderately carbonated and super sessionable with tastes of pineapple,paw paw,mangoes,sherbet,bubblegum and finished with a funky Brett meets hops bitterness and yeah it's nice and quite the quaffer but its nothing ill be hunting for when its all gone cheers.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a pale hazy golden straw colour with a thick white head that retains and laces.

S - A combination of citrus hop and malt, not much sour character.

T - Up front some decent hop notes that are balanced not overpowering, the brett kicks in on the finish but is superseded by the bitterness at the end.

M - Medium body and low to medium carbonation.

O - Recommended and Interesting as a one off but not enough brett for me.

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Photo of BorisFromRussia
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish gold with a 2 finger, white head that has decent retention

S - incredibly musty and dank, something fruity but hard to place

T - piney, herbal, alcohol, bitter finish all on the mellow side

M - medium bodied, almost feels murky? in the mouth

decent, but not blown away at the 9.99$ pricetag. not to be avoided, just not amazed by it for the price it currently stands at. might buy again if it were a few bucks cheaper

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into hfs sniffer

A: golden honey color of a quality ipa with a huge 2in white foamy head that takes a while to dissipate

S: floral scent with a funky aroma that I have seen with Brett before there is not much hop there though

T: okay so the main taste here is definitely a Brett funk which tastes good but it almost the only thing there is a hint if ipa taste with hop bitterness but its not well balenced

M:it's got a carbonation feel without being bubbly but I wish it was more so as the fact it's almost flat tasting with a carbonation feel brings out the funk and really hurts the drinkability

O: I like it but it was harder to drink as time went on the funk sort of got to me I feel if it was more balanced it could be good but it wasn't my favorite unless you like Brett stay way but if you do it's worth a shot not my style though

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unknown brewing/bottling date (likely mid-2012), poured into a Northern Brewer "Every Ounce Countrs" pint glass, drank 4/12/13 over one hour.

A: 2.5 - golden yellow, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), incredibly overcarbonation that led to a 3-4 finger frothy/soapy white head that slowed the pouring, stuck to the sides of the glass and masked the aroma, unable to detect alcohol legs due to the sticking suds

S: 3 - again, the overcarbonation impeded what was probably a full aroma beer; some lemon rind, tangerine and background Brett funk, some subtle Noble hop qualities as well that become more prominent as the beer warms

T: 4 - I'd say this is a pretty complex for a Belgian IPA; at the front of the tongue, I'm getting lots of citrus with some background tart sweetness...almost like a lemon bar; the tartness then develops and lingers through the sip and into the aftertase; again, I'm not getting much hop flavor at all except for some minor Noble hop earthiness and spice

M: 3.25 - the overcarbonation again ruined it for me here; light bodied and refreshing once it settles in, subtle alcohol note

O: 3.25 - a wickedly overcarbonated Belgian IPA that doesn't really do much for me; the Brett tartness and funkiness is also far too subtle for my tastes; if you're going to do an all-Brett fermentation, I expect more of its qualities and this beer did not deliver...it's an underwhelming product that I will likely not purchase again

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one with me

A - dark orangish gold with a thin, white head that has good retention

S - incredibly musty, some apples and citrus

T - piney, herbal, pineapple, alcohol, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

I am a bit disappointed with this beer. The Nelson Sauvin hops clash tremendously with the Brett. The yeast and malt fight for attention and clash with the intense herbal hop character. This was a hard one to enjoy for that reason. I'll avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of phishdaly
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 1 Pint, 6oz bottle from Cannibal in NYC. Was enticed bt a potentially sour IPA brewed with Brett. Noted on the bottle this beer is produced and bottled for Evil Twin Brewery by Westbrook Brewery in Mount Pleasant, NC

Appearance - Dark hazy yellow. Small off white head

Smell - subtle floral and citrus, sour brett hints

Taste - sweet upfront with floral and citrus. dry hop finish. 6%abv is well balanced. little to know brett sourness or earthy flavors. Not overly hoppy, but its still predominately an IPA

mouthfeel - light carbonation, smooth and creamy, thick

overall - Refreshing, but forgettable IPA. Was expecting a greater expression from the brett yeast.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Note to brewer (or at least their marketing department: 'ones' does not equal 'once'. Just sayin'.

This beer pours a very hazy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, chunky off-white head, which leaves a rather consistent array of randomly pocked painted lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bitter herbal, citrusy hops, ever so mild barnyard funk - really, really understated for what one maybe was expecting - some pale grainy malt, a slight peppery spice, and earthy herbal notes. The taste is mildly musty funk (sensing a trend here), grainy pale malt, soft citrus and pine notes more reminiscent of a newbie central coast IPA, a hovering angst-ridden yeast, and earthy, indeterminate drying notes.

The carbonation is quite active, and frothy in a fairly generous sense, the body medium light in weight, and smooth enough once the bubbles dial is back a bit. It finishes mostly off-dry, the yeast, fruit, and pale malt all vying for space, and providing a pretty agreeable balance of flavour.

Overall, this works as a pretty enjoyable Belgian-style IPA, a bit yeasty here, a bit fruity there, and a bit hoppy everywhere, but nowhere does it get to the promised funk. A good thing, truth be told from my little peanut gallery, but hardly worth all of the heady marketing. Like the titular character - it's disappointingly lacking once you get too close.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler into glass. Not much head at all...golden clear color. Not much aroma at all. Some sweet malts with a dose of hop and ever so slight funk; but mostly crisp water like aroma...pretty bland. Taste is very very mild crisp pale malt and ever so slight hop. A bit overly sweet and "clean" with no body or tru flavor. Its actually vordering a kolch for me...
I really wished this had way more brett characteristic and just more flavor in general.
I love Evil Twin, but this didnt hit the mark for me.

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Photo of GarthT
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Tawny gold with thick creamy head - a meringue

S: Pineapple, lemon, some wild notes

T: Initial balance between malt and hops, though unexpected sour/barnyard finish

M: Slightly thin and puckering

O: Interesting cross between IPA and yeast-oriented, perhaps more of each would work better. Kudos to Evil Twin for pushing the boundaries.

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Modest head but it leaves excessive blanketing lace with a thicker ring of lace after each sip. Yellow straw color with a bit of a chill haze.

Very attractive and fresh grapefruit hop smell. Prickly.

Plenty of bitter hop presence, but there is a malt base in the background. A bit thin with a neutral level of carbonation. Long, long aftertaste. Overall, this is pretty straightforward--a bitter, neutral IPA.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and a strong Brett aroma. Taste is much the same with a pretty intense Brett finish that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a really crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange colour, very cloudy with thick fluffy off-white head. Lace is not very sticky; head is nice but insubstantial.

Smells Bretty and pleasant. Whiff of funky acidity but a lovely fresh fruit bouquet backing up. Touch of citrus and lychee. Pleasant.

Taste is barnyardy and Bretty upfront. Big horsey note with lucerne and a slight sharp citrus rind note, then pithy bitterness. Quite bitter on the back; slightly metallic, lots of lemon. Not bad, but could use more Bretty acidity to pop the back, just residual phenolic notes that accentuate the bitterness. Decent.

Slight texture from wild yeasts. Bitty at times; decent.

Drinks ok, could use more balance. Feels like a beer of two halves. The blend would be wonderful but it feels heavy on Brett upfront and heavy on hops towards the back.

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Photo of Extol
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - opaque gold in color. Smell - funky IPA, as expected. Taste - follows the nose, a funky sort of dirty tasting IPA, maybe slight grapey taste. Overall - a good brett IPA. I have had better, but this is good.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought for $9.49 poured into a wine glass. Very excited to try this one.

A: A shade lighter than the usual copper of an IPA. This is the handsome opaque orange of a Belgian IPA. Unimpressive, one-finger head.

S: Smells like an IPA, and a damn good one. Very citrusy, with peach at the fore.

T: Very nice, but it drinks more like a traditional Belgian IPA than I wanted. Taste isn't quite as robust as the smell hints it will be and the Brett comes off more of a faint yeastiness; a friend described it more an "enhancer" than a singular component itself. This was slightly disappointing.

M: A wall of dryness at the back end. Medium carbonation. Light body with nice texture, but maybe too light.

O: I love the effort, but this didn't exactly come together for me. Seemed closer to, say, Cali-Belgique than anything, whereas I wanted a hopped-up Rayon Vert. If you're into the idea of this primarily for the Brett character, you may be disappointed. Regardless, it's a fun beer that demonstrates how an "everything has been done" adage totally doesn't apply to beer styles yet.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a milky orange. Good, white head is full and plump. Lots of speckled lace.

S-I didn't find the aroma to be anything but dazzling in both hoppiness and funkiness. The Brett and hops work well together but neither of them really jumps out. Citrus and Brett. Oranges and eucalyptus from the Brett.

T-I surprisingly found the flavor to be even less interesting. The flavors are a bit dull. Moderate citrus and grass from the hops and a relatively subdued herby, medicinal Bretty yeast. They work well and in the end the flavor is tasty. I have my qualms though.

M-Medium body, medium carb, medium bitterness...medium.

O/D-Decent but too expensive for the product. This one could have been more aggressive in any aspect of its flavor and I would have appreciated it more. My review is more negative than it should be though, it's a well-above average beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (proper!). Poured golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bubblegum, citrus, citrus hop, floral, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, earth, earth hop, orange zest, bubblegum, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There was something on this one that I really liked and a few other things that I did not. Upon first inspection of the aroma I was really intrigued by the note of bubblegum that I picked up on as it was quite refreshing and inviting. I was hoping that it would carry over into the flavor, but it was only a minor player in the game. There was a big earthy and funky character going on that dominated most of the brew and disrupted the balance of the overall brew. It was fairly easy to drink my glass without hesitation and I would likely suggest this to others as well.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

L - It is orange/amber in color with golden highlights. It is topped with a giant eggshell head.

S - I get citrus, mainly orange, to start. Then some tart and funky aromas come through.

T - It starts out tart and citrusy. It has a bitter finish.

F - Medium

O - I would like it better without the bitter finish. I like the citrus, tartness, and funk. The bitterness overwhelms the flavors I like and leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. I would probably be better with a little age.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours hazy yellow-orange with about 1/8" head that lasts. Lacing is pretty heavy and lasts
S: citrus and floral, some grapefruit perhaps
T: up front is drier than I expected. Little lemongrass initially followed by a little of the citrus from the nose. At this point, the flavors start to fade, and it finishes a little weak, to me.
M: there is a resin-like dry feel that lingers on the tongue.
O: this is pretty good but to me seems to be missing one more note to complete the melody, be it some sweetness or tartness. I wouldn't turn down this beer, but probably won't seek it out, either.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at sams in Durham. pours a pale golden with no head. the smell is dominated by citrus hops. very nice aroma on this one. taste is quite intriguing. its definitely dominated by hops but the Belgian characteristics also are mixed in. its fairly unique, like a mix between an American and a Belgian IPA. it works pretty well, though I don't think I could drink more than one of these. heavier side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

overall this is definitely worth trying, though I don't think you'll want it more than once.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: in a tulip, hazy pale gold beer with thick white head that left ample lacing down the sides

S: characteristic brettanomyces musk, suggesting the usual horse blanket/barnyard notes, paired with dark citric aromas

T: following the nose, lots of citrus hop action, akin to grapefruit pith and peel, but with a musty tone emphasized by the brett fermentation, which creates layers of dank and musty flavors - and I even tasted that Band-Aid-ish flavor I've read others describe... Beneath the hops and yeasts are pale and delicate malt grains, as if culled from wet fields

M: light and crisp, slight tartness and mild bitterness compete, moderately drying clean finish

O: a fairly straightforward American IPA, but the use of brett, to me, suggests farmhouse ales as well - not terribly complex, it is nonetheless sure to please the brett-influenced IPA fans out there.

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